Sailing is tricky. But once you get the hang of it, there are few things cooler than cruising across the water, powered only by the wind blowing against your sails.
By Aaron Derr Photographs by W. Garth Dowling When you are a Boy Scout, you will get to do all kinds of amazing things on the water. Things like sailing, kayaking and
Whether you’re headed to jamboree next summer, or on any trip to the Summit Bechtel Reserve, you owe it to yourself to try a little fishing. And that’s not just a load of hype.
On a Sea Scout long cruise, everybody has a job to do. At the top of the list: Get along.
Jamboree tradition lets participants report on the fun goings-on for the benefit of their friends, family and community back home.
How we go to the bathroom in the backcountry is important. Assuming there are no existing facilities, you have two choices: Use a cathole or pack it out.
Not only is good fitness essential to many of the most fun Scout activities, it’s also a major contributor to a long, healthy life.
They journeyed by train for thousands of miles to two national parks and a whole new world.
Those fishhooks are sharp. If one gets stuck in your skin, here's how to remove it.
From streams to rivers to lakes, you can fish it all at fish camp.
The Jamboree Band will provide music for ceremonies, events and shows throughout the 2017 National Scout Jamboree. But first, they need to find the right musicians.
When you’re rappelling or rock climbing, you have a team on your side to keep you safe.
When you go on a Scout trip — whether it’s hiking, camping or something else — you’re making memories. Consider keeping a journal of your Scout outings that will keep those memories fresh for years to come.
When the Baltimore Area Council tried to develop a STEM camp they knew just whom to ask: the guys in Troop 944 in Baltimore, Maryland.
You can't conquer Half Dome halfheartedly.
A Scout is Helpful: After a horrifying disaster on Mount Everest, a 17-year-old Eagle Scout steps up and saves lives.
Boy Scout Troop 100 from Tucson, Arizona, is participating in a cool service project: using a 3-D printer to create parts for prosthetic hands, then assembling them for those in need.
With near-endless options at Scout summer camps, you’re in for a week of “can’t-wait-to-tell-my-friends” fun.
You’re automatically a citizen of the country in which you were born. But that doesn't automatically make you a good citizen.
Three ascents, each tougher than the last, test climbers physically and mentally.
Troop 118 from Glendale, California, didn’t visit just one national park for their big summer trip last year. When Troop 118 traveled, they went big-time.
When Ben Linkous, an Eagle Scout from Troop 417 in Gulf Breeze, Florida, participated in the Eco-Adventure program at Florida Sea Base, he was amazed at the fish, coral and other marine life that he saw.
Just because a lake is frozen, it doesn’t mean there aren’t fish to catch.
With only some basic knowledge and inexpensive gear, you can have a safe, fun outdoors experience in even the coldest weather.
Even in a survival situation, you should build a fire in a way that does not put the environment or yourself at risk.
It’s not easy to become a Navy SEAL. When Scouts from Troop 7 in Modesto, California, participate in the Navy SEAL Challenge, they get a taste of what that it takes.
At Philmont Scout Ranch's staffed backcountry camps, you don't just learn about history. You live it.
A couple of feet of ice and temps in the teens can't stop these Venturers from scuba diving.
The Snow Base program at Wisconsin's Tomahawk Scout Reservation teaches Scouts the ins and outs of dog sledding.
Explore the rugged high country of northern New Mexico at Philmont Scout Ranch.
Learn more about science, technology, engineering and math by working on one of the BSA’s Nova awards.
Each month, Boys’ Life magazine picks a theme from the Program Features for Troops, Teams, and Crews series of books for readers to consider for their program. October's suggested theme: Science.
If you want to be a mechanic for Porsche, you have to get trained at the Porsche Cars North America headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. If you’re a Scout, you can work on the Automotive Maintenance merit badge at the same facility with the same professionally trained instructors.
At the Three Fires Council STEM-O-Rama, Scouts got the chance to try their hands at more than 100 exhibits and demonstrations during a daylong event in St. Charles, Illinois.
Sohil Doshi, a 10-year-old Webelos Scout from Pack 462 in Sunnyvale, California, spent five days with his family this summer hiking in Markha Valley through the Himalayan region of India.
Troop 6 of Knoxville, Tennessee, is the longest continuously-chartered troop in its council, and one of the oldest troops in the United States.
We want to see your amazing patrol, den, pack or troop flag creations and share them with the world.
The Summit Bechtel Reserve can provide a great experience for Scouts. But last weekend, it was all about our veterans.
Troop 85 in Asheville, North Carolina, is devoted to developmentally and physically challenged Scouts. At the same time, they're just regular Scouts doing what Scouts do -- camping, archery, rifle shooting, swimming, fire starting, and more.
When the Scouts from Troop 301 in Anderson, Indiana, came across an elderly man suffering from dehydration and exhaustion, they knew exactly what to do.
There are a number of interesting places for visitors to explore along the Lewis and Clark route. Take a look at some of them in this interactive map.
Which icons do you think best illustrate each point of the Scout Law?
Members of Arizona's Troop 818 climb, rappel, squeeze, scramble, wade and swim their way through three of Zion National Park’s famed twisty-turny canyons.
Fishing is a big part of most every program at Florida Sea Base, and it is an experience not to be missed.
Scouts participate in Civil War reenactments, a historical trail hike, rock climbing and a Cub Scout activity area.
Scout organizes giant weed-pulling project to combat Italian thistle, which was colonizing large areas near his community.
For his Eagle project, this Florida Boy Scout is aiming to clean up a local waterway that has become so clogged with fallen trees and other debris that it's difficult for canoeists to paddle through.
Jump into one of the world's most exciting -- and challenging -- environments at Louisiana's Swamp Base.
Thomas O'Gorman has come up with a great idea for an Eagle Scout project: installing flag poles in front of the homes of Wounded Warriors.